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. today, stunning news from the vatican. i wonder if god was surprised to learn pope benedict is stepping down. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. millions of americans captivated by the search of a successor. the picking a new pontiff. >>> i'm steve kornacki. president obama has tossed out the old olive branch. coming up, a man who himself helped write four state of the union addresses explains who us how it takes shape. >>> i'm krysa tal. should the president go big by thinking small? it's monday and you're in "the cycle." >>> after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and the pope abdicated with only eight years on st. peter's throne shocking the 1 billion catholic faithful around the world. the's not a papal abdication in more than 700 years and surprised the close est adviser today. he's a theological conservative with strong positions against homosexuality, women priests and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th.
of reaction to the announcement of pope benedict xvi that he is resigning. first of all, look at how he -- well, he abdicated rather than resigning. let's see how. he did that during a low-key affair this morning the vatican meeting with cardinals. wasn't a big deal and he said -- his speech made it in latin. not italian or english or a comprehensible language to most people and it was down to somebody from a local press office, local wire agency to actually figure out that he actually said, well look, i'm going to abdicate. even the way that he resigned or -- sorry. abdicated was kind of low key and he did it as he's done the -- as he's leaved his pontificate all along. low key, suited with the personality. so different from john paul ii who was this media savvy loved pope that loved to come out and do big speech and address the big crowds so the pope is kind of going away and stepping aside in a very low key manner as he leaves the whole of his upon tir kate. shocking but not unexpected hinting in the past that a pope is -- if he doesn't feel the strength to carry on, he should resign
is pope benedict's last ash wednesday mass before he steps down at the end of the month. why his move is uncharted territory for the vatican and the questions leaders will need to answer for catholics. >> okay, cate. a stranded cruise ship finally on the move from sleeping on deck to fighting for food. the filthy conditions passengers are now enduring. akes effect at the end of this month.. here's a live look at the vatican. k-p-i-x five's cate cauguiran is at st. mary's catherdral in san fran oday's >>> welcome back. pope benedict's historic resignation takes effect at the end of the month. this is vatican city. a lot of people are gathering outside st. peter's basilica. kpix 5's cate caugiran is at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco with more on today's mass. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's benedict's last ash wednesday mass as pope. it's the beginning of the solemn lengthen season for catholics today. as parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral show up for mass, there are sill a lot of un-- still a lot of unanswered questions in t
catholics around the world are still adjusting to the knowledge to the announcement pope benedict will be stepping down and new leadership will follow. and today the man who says he lacks the strength to go on as leader of the church led his final public mass as pope. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight from the vatican. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. today we finally saw the man who is causing all the commotion here. in two public appearances, pope benedict looked every one of his 85 years, but his voice and his resolve are strong. ♪ pope benedict led a packed st. peter's basilica in a moving ash wednesday mass. reminding the faithful, they are made from dust and to dust they shall return. a message of humility, answered by an unusual demonstration of affection. a spontaneous, prolonged standing ovation for the retiring pontiff, at his final public mass. a sea of cell phones capturing the exit of a man praised today as a simple and humble worker. >> i have tears in my eyes. it's just so amazing to be here. >> reporter: the pope's weekly audience turned in
pictures of the vatican, pope benedict xvi. this will be his first ma mass celebration. this is live pictures on this ash wednesday much the beginning of the lent season in which christians will observe a time of reflection and prayer and of course, this will be an interesting season as pope benedict prepares for his final days as the pope. >> right. this is his regular weekly audience that you're watching live. just started a few minutes ago. the pope literally just took to the stage. later today, he'll hold that ash wednesday service as well. a lot of folks who were not planning to be at vatican city changed their plans. we, of course, will continue to monitor this as a the morning continues and bring you updates as changes happen. >>> now let's check the forecast. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with changes. tom sm. >> clouds are rolling in from the south and west and producing some precipitation by later this afternoon. right now in the low to mid-30s most of the region. as we look at the day ahead, it's going to be chilly this morning but ought to climb into the
wrong before on the pope. but the pope, mika, why don't you confirm. >> pope benedict is going to be stepping down as head of the catholic church. he apparently made this statement within the past few hours in latin. during a small canonization event saying he doesn't have the strength anymore. once again, pope benedict will be resigning as head of the catholic church. we'll have much more on this story as the details come in. we are told that this will be happening fairly rapidly. >> they're talking about february the 28th. that he'll be stepping down. and of course, it was pope benedict who stepped in and became pope after pope john paul ii, the iconic pope of the 20th century, stepped down. of course, pope john paul ii had been pope since 1979. and so, of course, his impact felt not only in the religious world but also the political world. pope benedict, though, never really, of course, given the chance to emerge from the shadows. and it seems that for a good bit of his time, he was dogged by allegations that came through the child abuse scandal throughout certainly before h
today. pope benedict making his first appearance since his resignation announcement. amid the sacred celebration of ash wednesday. there was a kind of rumbling in rome, a kind of aftershock and abc's dan harris is at the vatican to tell us more. >> reporter: on this ash wednesday, at his last public mass, pope benedict received a rare, rapturous standing ovation. earlier in the day, at a public ceremony, a similar reception, with cheers and tears. benedict was visibly moved. how was the atmosphere in the room? >> electric. solemn and electric at the same time. >> i almost cried. honestly, it was wonderful. >> reporter: beneath the applause, though, there are thorny questions swirling. we were struck by the fact that the pope said again today that he was resigning of his own free will. there's been a real emphasis on pointing out that the pope made this decision of his own volition. and was not pushed. why? >> why is that? because italians love conspiracy theories. >> reporter: he's not kidding. the local papers here read like a dan brown novel, teeming with unsubstantiated talk of be
coalition said only that it's investigating. pope benedict the sixteenth was greeted with cheers today, at his final public mass before stepping down. the 85-year-old pontiff celebrated ash wednesday services at st. peter's basilica at the vatican, marking the start of lent. we have a report from james mates of "independent television news." >> reporter: it was not quite a rock star's welcome, but was not far short of it as thousands of pilgrims crowded into the audience hall at the vatican for pope benedict's first public appearance since announcing his resignation. as he tried to speak, he was drowned out by applause, finally managing to thank them and the wider catholic world for their sympathy and understanding. >> (translated): i have decide renounce the gift the lord gave me. i decided to do this after praying far long time and examining my conscience in front of god. >> reporter: all way dorr shippers have been queues for events in the vatican, culminating with this evening's mass in st. peter's basilica. ash wednesday-- the first day of lent-- is anyway one of the catholic chur
as pope benedict celebrated has final ash wednesday mass as pope. he will retire in less than two weeks. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from the vatican. >> reporter: thousands of faithful gave pope benedict xvi a long ovation near the end of ash wednesday mass. the applause only stopped when the pontiff said thank you, let's return to prayer. the 85-year-old holy father looked tired at times during the lengthy mass. he was wheeled down the center aisle when he left the packed basilica. many catholics were emotional to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public for the last time. >> it was very beautiful. very moving. and a great deal of affection, i think, that could be sensed in the congregation for him. >> i feel so lucky that we were here for this experience. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people are expected here at st. peter's square for the pope's final public appearance on february 27th. a day before he steps down. >> reporter: vatican officials say the pontiff does not expect big fanfare when he leaves. >> he is not the big ce
. >>> we continue to keep an eye on the vatican this morning as pope benedict addresses the catholic faithful for the first time since news broke that he's stepping down. >>> also ahead, an alabama mother sharing for the first time what her son went through as he was held hostage for days. >>> the report blaming a sugary drink for the death of a woman. >>> we continue to watch the weather for you as well as we wait for another winter storm system to arrive. what you can expect throughout the day with weather and traffic on >>> i'm angie goff at the live desk. pope benedict xvi speaking for the first time after his announcement that he is stepping down as pope. this is what he told the crowd. he said he is resigning for the good of the church. he repeatedly said in italian that he didn't have the strength to continue. he said i did this in the full liberty for the good of the church. you're looking at live pictures right now as the general meeting gets under way. this is benedict's first appearance since he shocked the world in news that he will leave his position at the end of the mo
in for me on friday when i was snowed in. when pope benedict xvi announced today that he would resign as pope, that he would abdicate the papacy, the move was greeted, frankly, with shock. that is something that has not happened in 600 years is happening right now. but it was also clear immediately that even though nothing like this has happened in 600 years, or 598 years to be exact, the catholic church nevertheless had a plan ready to go. even though no pope has resigned his seat since the year 1415, and this resignation announcement today from pope benedict was totally unexpected, despite all of that, there is apparently an agreed upon protocol for what happens in an instance like this. once pope benedict leaves the vatican on february 28th, the church says he will go live for a while in castle gandolfo, which is the pope's summerout house in a small town outside of rome. he will live at that castle while construction work is done on a cloistered monastery inside the vatican complex. then when the construction is done, he will move back into the vatican. and living in that cloister
. today, though, the day for pope benedict. >> that's right. his moment to say good-bye, really. this was the last time we will see him in the flesh, here at the vatican. tomorrow, we'll see him on television. but most of it will take place behind the vatican walls. 50,000 tickets for this event, standing room only crowd. and for a pope who is famously reserved, it counts as an emotional farewell. they came today by the thousands to say good-bye. pope benedict gave them an up-close look, moving through the crowds in the popemobile. he even stopped to kiss a baby. the first pope since the middle ages to step down, smiling today, as he took it all in one last time. the crowd got to their feet and gave him a long standing ovation. today, he looked thin and frail as he addressed the faithful, referring back to the day eight years ago when he first appeared on that balcony. in that moment, he said, i felt like st. peter with the apostles in the boat on lake galilee. referring to that iconic gospel scene right over the entrance of st. peter's basilica. benedict noted that, at times, t
getting the community more involved. >>g more about pope benedict resignation tonight. we have pictures of the place he will live in retirement. he's supposedly going to quit at the end of the month. plus the call for new pope who represents a changing world now. nuts reporter david right is at the vatican. >> end of the month he will have to mav out of the of palace. pope official residence since the 17th century. every previous occupant stayed until he died. pope benedict will be the first to walk out the door. won't have to walk far. today the vatican revealed his retirement home just behind st. peter's. former nun with the own chapel and library. vatican spokesman disclosed new details about the pope deteriorating health. revealing he has a pacemaker. recently underwent surge are i to replace the battery. >> nothing sudden. past few years he certainly slowed down a bit. >>reporter: already the focus on chasing successor. process not at all lake voting for president. >> tried to read god mind. who do you want as pope. >> black pope or asian pope would make history. one p
insides set the tone. stay in the groove with align. >> there's a live look at pope benedict xvi delivering a call to prayer at the vatican. one of his final appearances before he resigns the end of this month. our next guest met the pope when he was cardinal ratzinger, and he predicted that he would succeed pope john paul ii. >> joining us is from the school of law. >> glad to be with you. >> one of my first questions, we think about the catholic church, it's been underfire and i know that you are very concerned about the moral decline of the world in general. so, when you think about the next pope, you've got to have to have somebody who will adapt and adhere to the catholic belief system. >> that's right, and i'm confident that the conclave will pick someone like that, an extremely good successor not just to benedict, but john paul iv. ap they had the history, the back-to-back, and i think there are a lot of cardinals out there who could fill those shoes. >> since you have an accurate track record of predicting the next pope, who is in the running? >> well, i'm not sure that i
. these are live pictures out of the vatican. pope benedict i believe -- not visible in this shot. pope benedict is making his first public appearances since announcing his resignation. he's celebrating ash wednesday mass at st. peters basilica. earlier the pontiff addressed an audience of thousands, reassuring him that his decision to step down is for the good of the church. studio b and fox report anchor shepard smith is live in rome. shepard it's my understanding we now know when the college of cardinals will be meeting to choose the new pope. >> reporter: we do indeed, jon the middle of march, march 15th is the date where the 116, 17 or so minus those who are over 80 years old will come together and begin the process, a time-honored tradition. we learned a lot today, really, jon besides when the conclave will begin. we've learned about this pope's final day. of course that is 15 days from today on february the 28th. he'll attend a morning ceremony at the vatican with all of his cardinals and then fly off by helicopter at 5:00 rome time in the afternoon. he normally completes his day at 8:00p
it rapid fire. roll it. >> pope benedict presided over his last ash wednesday service today. this was his first public appearance since announcing his plans to resign at the end of the month. speaking earlier to those gathered in a vatican city audience hall, the pope explained what was behind his decision. >> having summoned before god my cautions, fully aware of the gravity and seriousness of such acts but also aware that it is not adequate for me to continue if i don't have the strength that it requires. >> pope benedict's final days as pope is february 28th. >>> an accused boston gangster whitey bulger says he got immunity to commit crimes and kill people while he was an fbi informant. a judge is hearing arguments on his immunity claim today as 83-year-old bulger wants to use it as his defense in his upcoming trial on a racketeering indictment accusing him of participating in 19 different murders. prosecutors say his immunity claim is here, and i'm quoting them, absurd. stay with me. next hour i'll talk live with the guy who is co-writing bulger's biography, including all these detail
making news right now. we're learning more about the health of pope benedict xvi. the vatican revealed the pope has a pacemaker. he had it before he became the pope in 2005, but on monday the pontiff said he's resigning because he doesn't have the strength of mind or body to fulfill his ministry. the vatican has not announced when the conclave to elect a new pope is going to get started but a new pope is expected to be in place by easter sunday gz today we hear from the mother of an alabama boy snatched off his school bus and held hostage in a bunker for a week. ethan gillman was finally rescued last month. the f.b.i. stormed the bunker, grabbed him and killed his captor. ethan's here says she has noticed changes in her son since he's returned. >> i know he's having a very hard time sleeping soundly. he slings his arms and tosses and turns. he's cried out a few times. >> watch dr. phil today to hear more from ethan's mom. she describes what the ordeal was like for her. that interview is on wusa9 at 4:00. >>> an asteroid the size of an olympic swimming pool is going to pass by the earth
was likely to have been possibly benedict's final mass. it was moved to the basilica today because of a larger that is usual crowd. he is step down at the end of the monday. the vatican says his successor will likely be picked between march 15th and 20th. he says he can almost filly field the kind any and affection he's received. >>> whether you like baseball or not, it really doesn't matter. you've got to love what happened today. pitchers and catchers for the nationals reported to florida today. spring training is under way. dan hellie is down there. he got this afternoon to the camp. where are you. >> reporter: it's viera, right next to melbourne, a little south and east of orlando, just about 45 minutes away from the airport in orlando. it was a quiet day here for the nationals. 82 degrees, sunny, beautiful. the pitchers and catchers spent much of the day undergoing their physicals. this is something new for almost everybody in the nationals organization because of the lofty expectation. as you know, the nationals are coming off an unbelievable season, 98-win season picked by m
our news director, jacki schechner. >> the pope is stepping down. pope benedict xvi announced this morning he will resign on february 28th. in a statement to the cardinals he cites advancing age and deteriorating health. while the move is not unprecedented, it is not common. the last pope to resign was pope gregory 12 in 1415. pope benedict xvi has served less than eight years but is 85 years old. vatican spokesman says the announcement was a surprise. the pope will continue to carry out his duties until february 28th and then the cardinals will select a replacement but that won't be immediate. the spokesman's best guess is we'll have a new pope by easter which this year, falls on march 31st. >>> president obama is awarding the medal of honor today to army sergeant clinton roam shea for his courageous actions during a combat operation in afghanistan in october of 2009. romechet is the fourth living person to receive the medal. the president will travel to asheville, north carolina then he goes to atlanta, georgia and then chicago. that's on wednesday thursday, and friday. the
, connecticut. >>> the vatican is acknowledging for the first time that pope benedict xvi has had a pacemaker for several years. this revelation came a short time ago, one day after the pope stunned the world's 1 billion plus catholics by announcing he's resigning. the 85-year-old pope cited his age and fatigue as the reasons he's stepping down. sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning to resign. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place by easter, march 31st. the vatican says the pope will have no role in what could be an historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected catholic room in asia, africa and latin america. the new pope could come from a country as far away as europe. >> up to this point, popes have been always european. but the church as a whole and the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from ghana, nigeria and canada are on the top list. timothy dolan is expected the top american to become the top pope. richard mahoney will help elect the new pope. the archdiocese
select a replacement for pope benedict xvi earlier than initially thought. the 85-year-old pope announced that he will step down at the end of the month. the vatican is now raising the possibility that cardinals from across the world could gather before march 15 for an election known as a conclave. under current rule, that is the earliest date they could meet. because there is a required 15 to 20-day waiting period after a vacancy. that wait is so that the catholic church can mourn the death of the pope but in this case there is no mourning because the pope is stepping down. >>> a minor cooldown is in store for your sturld. giving you a live look at the bay bridge and into san francisco. a few changes associated with that cooldown. they can already be seen outside. we've got high clouds overhead. a few low clouds. and a little bit of patchy fog out there. and this is going to increase as we work our way into sunday. for today, outside our doors right now, most of us are dealing with the high clouds. the high clouds actually help to offset some of that cooling in the overnight hours. and m
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